The Great Vesper Service was so spiritually rich, it is the Forefeast of Christ's Theophany. The words were so powerful in their meaning that I wanted to share a few lines that I have reread over and over. This one, sung in tone 4, is special because it is directed to all of us.
"O faithful, let us celebrate the Forefeast of Christ's Theophany!
Let us sing hymns to honor the noble baptism of our God,
for He wills to approach the Forerunner in the flesh!
As a Man He asks for the baptism of salvation:
the regeneration of all those who accept Him in faith
and become partakers of the Spirit."
"Seeking baptism, He comes to His servant.
Be filled with joy, O river Jordan!
Dance, earth and seas; hills and mountains!
Exult, O hearts of men,
for a great light is coming upon you! "
"You are the River of peace and valley of Paradise,
O All-powerful Lord.
How can a river receive You naked, in its course,
the One Who mantled the heavens with clouds?
You shall strip the evil Enemy naked,
clothing mankind with immortality!"
There is one question remaining. Are you clothed in immortality?
Christ was led as a sheep to the slaughter in order to grant Resurrection to the human race.
Each and every one of us, through faith can become children of God.
"Christ the King of glory had entered,
saying to those in chains: "Go forth!"
And to those in darkness: "Come to the light!"
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